Posted tagged ‘co-op gaming’

A closer look at Trans-Force 5D interactive theater

January 20, 2010

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While this isn’t the first time that we have mentioned the Russian made Trans-Force Interactive Theater before, the link that Kevin sent along to me for this includes a video of the first in-depth look at the game which I have seen. Trans-Force was actually at IAAPA but I didn’t venture inside as my head usually doesn’t get along well in motion-based rides any more. In case you haven’t read about this game before, it’s what they are now calling a “5D interactive attraction” which I assume means that it uses the same stuff you get with those 4D theaters which combine motion and 3D imagery along with actually playing a game (thus making it 5D). For those of you who have been around for a while, this should remind you of those gigantic Galaxian 3 games from the 90’s but in a compact size and up-to-date technology. From the looks of it in the incredibly cheesy promo video, the graphics are pretty nice (sans a frame rate drop here and there) and they even throw in some “edutainment” for the kids here and there. Overall I like the idea behind this, with a focus on co-op play in a unique setting.

You can check the video out below, but don’t say that I didn’t warn you – the narration will either make you cringe or laugh.

This is available for purchase already BTW but I do not know how much they are asking for it.

[Trans-Force Official Website (English)] [Discuss on the forums]

Co-op gaming in arcades, past and present

January 7, 2010

Our friend Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report has penned an interesting article discussing as aspect of coin-op gaming that has had a strong history and is starting to resurge once again – co-op gaming. Kevin looks over notable co-op games that have come along since Pong Doubles (no mention of some of my favorites like Rip Off , Elevator Action Returns and Xybots but that’s OK, you can’t get them all in there), discussing how Atari carried the water for a long time in this arena but eventually they were surpassed by Japanese developers who gave us multiplayer co-op games like The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many, many others. Click here to read the article!

Kevin does mention how we are seeing trends taking us back to co-op gaming and I think that it’s a great thing. There is nothing wrong with competitive gaming but there is a thirst out there for co-op games as well. I’ve mentioned this before when discussing the success of games like Left 4 Dead, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies, etc. I found it interesting that one arcade developer said that they were paying close attention to the New Super Mario Bros. Wii with it’s co-op aspects and while I can’t tell if that means we’ll see a new co-op sidescroller anytime soon, I do look forward to seeing more co-op games in arcades this year. Namco is certainly on that path with Tank! Tank! Tank! and Dead Storm Pirates; I think that Justice League missed a great opportunity last year to provide a four-player-on-one-cabinet design but the game still offered 2p co-op. 2p co-op is nice and all but after recently playing Arabian Magic and Dungeon Magic I have to say that I long to see more four player games on the market that don’t require operators to have to buy several expensive cabinets to achieve that.

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